Jama Ali Jama

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Jama Ali Jama
جامع علي جامع
President of Puntland
In office
14 November 2001 – 8 May 2002
Preceded by Yusuf Haji Nur
Succeeded by Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed

Jama Ali Jama (Somali: Jaamac Cali Jaamac, Arabic: جامع علي جامع‎) is a Somali politician. He was the President of Puntland from November 14, 2001 to May 8, 2002.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jama was born to a family from the Osman Mahmoud sub-clan of the Majeerteen Darod.

He was educated in Moscow.


Jama later joined the Somali National Army, rising to the rank of Colonel.

In the mid-1970s, the Soviet Union promoted Jama as the chief ideologue of socialism in the Horn of Africa. He was later imprisoned for 11 years by the regime of Mohamed Siad Barre after having been accused of participating in an abortive coup d'état. Jama was recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience.[2]

In November 2001, Jama was elected as President of Puntland. However, the position was contested with outgoing President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, who wanted his tenure extended. Ahmed emerged victorious the following year, and served out his second term as president until October 2004.[3]

Jama subsequently became a legislator in the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP).


  1. ^ Somalia - Worldstatesmen.com
  2. ^ Issa-Salwe, Abdisalam (1996). The collapse of the Somali state: the impact of the colonial legacy. Haan Publishing. 
  3. ^ New president offers hope for war-torn Somalia Archived 2013-02-10 at Archive.is